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After inventing a spoke pattern that wasn't really useful for a practical bicycle I decided to use some old spare parts and build it as a piece of art. Maybe one day I can auction it off for a good cause.
By the way, the bike in the background has also two wheels built by myself and those do very well in practice.
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Reelight SL150 after not-so-careful disassembly.
Not sure what was the cause of failure, but months before failing it started to make a tok-tok sound when the magnet went by, so I think that the inductor coil came loose and then ... something else broke.
W-shape of the metal piece around the coil looks interesting to me. Coil is attached to that piece on one end while on the other side the axle of the coil sticks out towards where the wheel magnets zip by.
It's the attachment between coil-axle and the W-piece that is loose and probably shouldn't be. (The W is actually a U-shape, because the inner part with the coil is apparently a separate piece.)

Reelights SL100-series were their original founding product and are now discontinued. Let's hope the new products are more durable. (I have an SL600 on my newer bike, so we'll see.)
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Manufacturing cars is much harder than building rockets... this is my impression after reading about electric concept cars like Microlino, Sono Sion and also considering the Twike pedal-car which is already on the market for a long time.
I would really like the makers of those vehicles to succeed, but from what I read it seems those start-ups are on a very different level from what the car industry produces and the vast majority of consumers expect.
Of course, it's nice to have a really simple, minimalist car which just moves you from A to B and dispenses with all the modern luxuries like climate control and entertainment. (After all, you can just navigate and listen to music with your smartphone.) But then again, the small production numbers make those cars so expensive that they just can't compete with modern big-factory models. And the ironic truth is that a car produce really needs a lot of capital to build a factory which then can produce cars at a competitive price. The small startups are happy about there first few tens of millions, but what it really needs is billions or even tens of billions. (Teslas battery factory alone cost $5b!)

https://utopia.de/ratgeber/microlino-auto-elektro-isetta/
http://www.spiegel.de/auto/aktuell/sion-von-sono-motors-preiswertes-elektroauto-mit-solartechnik-a-1153482.html
https://utopia.de/ratgeber/twike-elektroauto-mit-pedale/
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China ist der größte Markt für Elektrobusse. Die erste Generation der chinesischen Fabrikate hätte in Europa keine Chance gehabt. Aber die Chinesen lernen schnell dazu und haben mittlerweile viel Erfahrung, weil sie früh gestartet sind. BYD ist in Europa schon auf dem Markt, und das sind mittlerweile ernst zu nehmende Wettbewerber. Der Markt verändert sich gerade. Ich glaube, dass ab 2025 Verkehrsbetriebe in Ballungszentren fast ausschließlich Stadtbusse mit Elektromotor bestellen werden.
Sagt der Chef von MAN in der Welt.
Und ich frage mich, ob Berlin angesichts dessen einige seiner ehrgeizigen Pläne zum Bau von Straßenbahnen aufgeben wird...
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The good old web from the past! So much better it was and did not have ads!

Is there any subculture or subnetwork on the current web which is more like the web was back then?

Actually, the best blogs and other sources of information don't have any ads, so I should "simply" learn to stay away from the superficial mainstream news shit and I'd get a double-win!

So instead of an ad-blocker, I'd need a blocker for all web pages which contain more than one block of ads! That would be a significant boost to quality of life!
A Web without ads
A Web without ads
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Regionalbahnhof Berlin Ostkreuz – seit 10. Dez. 2017 meiner neuer Startpunkt für Reisen in den Spreewald, die märkische Schweiz und viele andere schöne Orte der Umgebung!
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I also once had this idea (except for the randomization). It could actually be a nice business idea to set this up and offer cash and saving accounts in several world currencies.
One which combines the world's few largest currencies. One which has all currencies with sufficient liquidity. Also there could be regional currencies like an all-European bag which combines euros, pounds, Swiss francs, Norway and other EU member currencies. A Pan-South-American one wound also be cool.

I wonder who would be a good target group for that? People who travel a lot maybe? Or people who plan on living abroad without wanting to commit to a specific country yet?

Payment in this currency could work very seamlessly of combined with PayPal, or credit/debit cards. The currency will automatically be converted at the moment of payment. If the spread of conversion is low, this will be very practical because any user of it can significantly reduce their currency risk.
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Should we decimalize the calendar?
Simplified Measurements As units of weights and measures have evolved in the course of time, each subdivision had their own specific use, each trade their own measurement. Food stuff were measured in pounds because a pound of potatoes, for example, is just ...
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Der Berliner Flughafen-Express hat exponentiell viele Provisorien!
Bei dieser Meldung handelt es sich um keinen Witz oder Übertreibung, sondern einfach um ein Zusammenspiel von vielen Bauprojekten und anderen Terminen, die in der Reihenfolge alle nicht so fest sind. Und je nachdem, was zuerst fertig wird oder zuerst passie...
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